Clackamas County Family Lawyers

Compare 287 top rated Oregon attorneys serving Clackamas County.
Joanna L. Posey
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Clackamas County, OR Family Law Lawyer with 10 years experience
(503) 241-0818 3115 NE Sandy Blvd
Suite 222
Portland, OR 97232
Family, Divorce, Estate Planning and Probate
Lewis & Clark Law School
Joanna Posey became a lawyer because she wanted to help people. Drawn to family law after opening her own practice, Joanna takes pride in being able to empower her clients during an otherwise stressful and emotionally charged time in their lives. She finds it extremely gratifying to help a client take the first steps toward a new beginning, and enjoys working to resolve the unique issues in each case.
Jace D. Cook
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Clackamas County, OR Family Law Lawyer with 4 years experience
(503) 567-8191 5 Centerpointe Dr.
Suite 400
Lake Oswego, OR 97035
Offers Video ChatFamily, Criminal, DUI and Estate Planning
Lewis & Clark Law School and Friedrich Schiller University - School of Law
Jace D. Cook, Esq., is the founder, manager, and a shareholder of COOK LAW - There when you need it.® After spending several years gaining experience in multiple disciplines of the law, Mr. Cook envisioned a practice that would treat clients like family by providing a combination of personable legal advice and the strongest representation possible in every case. Having externed and worked for other general practice law firms, criminal defense lawyers, and former prosecutors, Mr. Cook got the inside track on criminal defense representation and trial law. On this experience and "real world" knowledge he built COOK LAW.

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Virgil Royer
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Clackamas County, OR Family Law Lawyer with 8 years experience
(503) 990-7672 111 SW 5th Avenue Suite 3150
Portland, OR 97204
Family, Divorce and Personal Injury
Willamette University College of Law
Virgil Royer, a graduate of the Willamette School of Law, practices law to assist people navigate through and successfully put behind the difficult times in their life. Mr. Royer represents people who have been injured in motor vehicle accidents and any accident that was caused by someone else's negligence. He enjoys helping people receive the compensation that they deserve. Mr. Royer will pursue your matter to trial to get a just award. Mr. Royer stays active within his community and enjoys doing all he can to pursue justice for his clients.

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Mindy Stannard
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Clackamas County, OR Family Law Attorney with 15 years experience
(503) 847-2900 1211 NW Glisan Street, Suite 203
Portland, OR 97209
Family and Divorce
Willamette University College of Law
Mindy Stannard handles divorce, custody, parenting time, paternity, child support and Family Abuse Prevention Act Restraining Order Cases. In addition, Mindy handles some juvenile court cases and some types of uncontested adoption proceedings. She is admitted to practice law in both Oregon and Washington.

Many of Mindy's current cases are in Multnomah, Clackamas, or Washington County. Mindy also handles cases in many other counties throughout the State of Oregon, including Clatsop County, Lane County, Linn County, Marion County and Columbia County. Each county has different local rules that apply to family law cases.

Mindy is committed to making sure that she keeps...
Collin C. McKean
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Clackamas County, OR Family Law Lawyer with 14 years experience
(503) 567-7967 1140 SW 11th Avenue
Suite 400
Portland, OR 97205
Family and Divorce
Lewis & Clark Law School
I represent individuals and small business owners in Oregon and SW Washington. I specialize in complex and business related dissolution actions. My cases are typically in Washington, Multnomah or Clackamas Counties in Oregon and Clark, Cowlitz or Skamania Counties in Washington. I also handle cases other counties throughout Oregon and Washington, including Clatsop County, Lane County, Linn County, Marion County, Columbia County, and Grant County. Each county has different local rules that apply to family law cases. I am committed to making sure that I keep up to date on changes to rules of practice for each county I...
Michael Romano
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Clackamas County, OR Family Law Lawyer with 20 years experience
(503) 208-5529 111 SW 5th Ave.
Suite 3150
Portland, OR 97204
Family, Criminal, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Willamette University College of Law
Mr. Romano attended Southern Oregon University (formerly Southern Oregon State College) in Ashland, Oregon where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science, with a minor degree in Philosophy. He then received his Juris Doctorate at Willamette University College of Law in Salem, Oregon. While in law school, Mr. Romano clerked for the Marion County District Attorney’s Office and developed a taste for trial work. He was then admitted to the Oregon State Bar in 2000 and began his career as a prosecutor working in Klamath, Coos, and Deschutes Counties. In early 2006, he then opened his private...
Lauren Barnhart
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Clackamas County, OR Family Law Lawyer with 7 years experience
(503) 541-0818 3115 NE Sandy Blvd
Suite 222
Portland, OR 97232
Family, Divorce, Estate Planning and Probate
Willamette University College of Law
Lauren Barnhart was always fascinated with “the rules.” She believes that rules create predictability and clarity, and apply to everyone equally. It was this fascination with rules that led Lauren to become an attorney. As an attorney, Lauren helps families navigate through what can be the most difficult time of their lives-divorce. She works to develop a relationship with her clients and demonstrate that their case genuinely matters. Lauren was born and raised in Tacoma, Washington, and was a member in the Tacoma Youth Symphony where she performed at Carnegie Hall. When Lauren is not assisting...
Peter Diamond
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Clackamas County, OR Family Law Lawyer with 27 years experience
(503) 223-4131 811 SW Naito Parkway, Suite 500
Portland, OR 97204
Family, Divorce and Estate Planning
Willamette University College of Law
Peter Diamond is a people-oriented attorney who was naturally drawn to family law after an extensive and diverse practice in business, real estate, estate planning, and general litigation.
Elizabeth Elaine Christy
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Clackamas County, OR Family Law Attorney with 13 years experience
(503) 847-2900 1211 NW Glisan, #203
Portland , OR 97209
Family and Divorce
Golden Gate University School of Law
Teresa Loustaunau Foster
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Clackamas County, OR Family Law Lawyer with 23 years experience
(971) 264-9827 1000 SW Broadway
Suite 1810
Portland, OR 97205
Family and Divorce
Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Arizona State University
Teresa Foster is Partner in Charge at McKinley Irvin's Vancouver office. A former social worker, she is now regarded as one of the most skilled family law attorneys in Vancouver. Teresa is a knowledgeable and formidable advocate with exceptional courtroom skills who focuses her practice on complex divorce cases, especially those involving high net worth property division, complex child custody issues, international family law, relocation, third party custody, and unmarried couples. She has successfully litigated cases in both Washington and Oregon. Teresa believes in providing her clients with personalized and responsive service, keeping her clients informed on the status of...
Lewis Irwin Landerholm
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Clackamas County, OR Family Law Attorney
(503) 573-5566 9320 SW Barbur Boulevard
Suite 160
Portland, OR 97219
Family and Divorce
Willamette University College of Law
Lewis Landerholm grew up around family who served the public – families in particular. He became a divorce attorney in Portland so that he can help these individuals make the best out of a difficult situation. He began his career at the University of Oregon in Eugene, where he earned his bachelor’s degree. He went on to Willamette University College of Law for his Juris Doctor. While in law school, he served as a part time law clerk, where he earned invaluable experience. Attorney Landerholm is quickly making a name for himself as a dedicated family law attorney because of...
Kenneth Goodin
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Clackamas County, OR Family Law Lawyer with 13 years experience
(541) 318-9115 Stahancyk, Kent & Hook P.C.
2400 SW Fourth Ave.
Portland, OR 97201
Family and Divorce
University of Oregon School of Law
Ken's Practice Emphases is on Complex Divorce Litigation, LGBT Family Law, Custody, and Juvenile Law Ken believes that thorough case preparation is the key to winning or negotiating the best outcome for his clients, which is his number one goal. Ken meticulously and methodically prepares his clients’ cases, building a foundation for a winning legal argument integrated with carefully researched legal precedent. Hard work is the cornerstone of Ken’s practice. Ken is also deeply devoted to his clients and takes a personal interest in each case. “People going through a difficult divorce or custody battle can get frustrated...
Casey Sanders
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Clackamas County, OR Family Law Lawyer with 9 years experience
(971) 264-9827 1050 SW 6th Avenue
Suite 1115
Portland, OR 97204
Family and Divorce
University of Oregon School of Law
Family law attorney Casey Sanders is fiercely committed to his client’s well-being. He understands that his clients are dealing with stress and uncertainty, and is determined to protect what is most important to them. Casey focuses his practice on divorce and custody cases, including parenting plans and parenting plan modifications. He is an active member of the Vancouver community and the Clark County Bar Association. He currently serves as the Vice President of the Clark County Bar Association Family Law Section.
Jeffrey D Ott
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Clackamas County, OR Family Law Lawyer with 8 years experience
(503) 567-7967 1140 SW 11th Ave
Suite 400
Portland, OR 97205
Family, Criminal, Divorce and Domestic Violence
University of Oregon
Jeff’s practice is primarily family law and criminal defense. He enjoys complex family law cases, involving businesses and other complicated scenarios. He has also done work in construction defect cases. Jeff especially enjoys helping people to clean up their criminal record through vacations/expungements and restoring rights to buy firearms.
In addition to helping establish compliance procedures for highly regulated industries, he is also certified in Collaborative Law. Jeff is an avid believer in alternative dispute resolution, due to its low-conflict approach to settling a dispute outside of the courtroom, and the benefits it serves to all parties involved.
Joel Jamon Kent
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Clackamas County, OR Family Law Lawyer with 23 years experience
(503) 222-9115 2400 SW 4th Avenue
Portland, OR 97201
Family, Divorce and Estate Planning
Seattle University School of Law
Focused practice in high asset and complex divorce and custody issues.
Rita Herrera Irvin
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Clackamas County, OR Family Law Attorney with 29 years experience
(971) 264-9827 1050 SW 6th Avenue
Suite 1115
Portland, OR 97204
Family and Divorce
Seattle University School of Law
Rita Herrera Irvin is a partner at McKinley Irvin, one of the largest and most exceptional family law firms in the Pacific Northwest region. She helped found the firm with Sands McKinley in 1991. Rita prides herself on being a tough advocate for her clients so that they can have the best possible chance of success. She takes the time to get to know her clients so that their goals can become her goals. Rita attended Seattle University School of Law, graduating with her J.D. in 1991. She is also a past board member with Centro Latino, a Trustee with...
Christine Hayes
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Clackamas County, OR Family Law Attorney with 8 years experience
(971) 264-9827 1000 SW Broadway
Suite 1810
Portland, OR 97205
Family and Divorce
Gonzaga University School of Law
As a family law practitioner, I am motivated by helping people through complex and emotionally difficult legal situations. I work with each client to define their goals and then provide an effective strategy well supported in the law to achieve those objectives. I focus my practice on family law issues, including divorce, child custody, child support, modifications, and relocation. I also handle collaborative divorce, de facto parentage and non-parental custody, step-parent adoption, and LGBT family law. Before becoming an attorney, I worked for the Whatcom County Sheriff's Office as a legal advocate for victims of domestic violence and sexual...
Lake James H. Perriguey
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Clackamas County, OR Family Law Attorney with 21 years experience
(503) 227-1928 1906 SW Madison Street
Portland, OR 97205
Family, Civil Rights, Criminal and DUI
Lewis & Clark Law School
Law Works is a full service law firm in historical downtown Portland. Lake Perriguey works to bring the best representation to the client. Lake filed the Oregon marriage equality case, Geiger v. Kitzhaber, advancing civil rights for GLBTQ Oregonians. Lake also represented Jamie Shupe, resulting in the first court order recognizing a non-binary individual. Lake has a long history of civil rights success. Lake Perriguey represents clients in a variety of practice areas. Rates vary depending on the case. House calls and alternative meeting environments can also be accommodated when applicable. Whatever your legal interest,...
Nathan Christopher Holtey
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Clackamas County, OR Family Law Attorney
(503) 224-9878 1140 SW 11th Ave
#4
Portland, OR 97205
Family and Divorce
University of Oregon School of Law
Nathan Holtey has been practicing law for over ten years. Raised in Ashland, OR, Nathan attended Tufts University in Boston, MA, before coming back to Oregon and attending the University of Oregon School of Law. Nathan enjoys the practice of law and assisting clients with achieving excellent results. He focuses his practice on family law and criminal defense, and has handled every type of matter from 24 hour notice Restraining Order and Emergency Custody hearings to high asset divorces involving multiple businesses, spousal support, and complex property division.
Jason Pierson
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Clackamas County, OR Family Law Lawyer with 5 years experience
(503) 974-6833 3115 NE Sandy Blvd. Suite 222
Portland, OR 97232
Family, Divorce, Estate Planning and Probate
University of Oregon School of Law
Jason Pierson became a lawyer to be a voice for people who feel trivialized by divorce-especially children. During a divorce, a child can sometimes feel as though their opinion doesn’t matter. Jason’s passion is to advocate for his client's children and help them succeed. Prior to attending law school, Jason worked as a paralegal in Las Vegas mostly in construction defect law firms for about eight years.
Peter Bunch
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Clackamas County, OR Family Law Attorney with 27 years experience
(503) 688-5123 1200 NW Naito Parkway Suite 450
Portland, OR 97209
Family and Divorce
Gonzaga University School of Law
Peter graduated from Gonzaga University School of Law in 1993, where he was a Thomas More Scholar and an associate editor of the Gonzaga Law Review. Following graduation, Peter worked for two years as a law clerk for the Honorable Edward Warren of the Oregon Court of Appeals. He then joined the law firm of Kennedy, King, and Zimmer. While at that firm, Peter worked on many different kinds of cases, including complex environmental litigation, business disputes, attorney and medical malpractice, appeals, and family law.

In 1998, Gary Zimmer asked Peter to join him in forming a new law firm, where...
Zach Walsh
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Clackamas County, OR Family Law Attorney with 6 years experience
(503) 567-7967 1140 SW 11th Ave
Ste. 400
Portland, OR 97205
Family, Criminal, DUI and Domestic Violence
University of Oregon School of Law
Zach Walsh’s background spans the globe, from litigating criminal and family law cases in the Pacific Northwest’s smallest jurisdictions to fighting piracy in Moscow. Prior to joining McKean Smith to practice criminal and family law, Zach honed his courtroom skills as a prosecutor, and as an attorney at one of Portland’s largest family law firms.

Zach has the experience to manage complex criminal and family law cases; he also knows how to help clients protect their liberties and navigate the complicated intersection of family and criminal law. He doggedly pursues just and expedient resolutions on complicated legal matters for his clients....
Lisa Naglins
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Clackamas County, OR Family Law Attorney with 27 years experience
(503) 255-8036 150 SE 80th Ave
Portland, OR 97215
Family and Divorce
Lewis & Clark Law School
I graduated from Warner Pacific College, and then graduated in the top half of my class at Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College in 1992. I have practiced family law since early 1993, and have been at the same location, 150 SE 80th Avenue for over 20 years. My office is located in the historic Montavilla neighborhood of Southeast Portland, bordering on Northeast Portland and in the shadow of Mt. Tabor.
Lisa Kenn
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Clackamas County, OR Family Law Attorney with 5 years experience
520 SW Sixth Avenue, #1010
Portland, OR 97204
Family, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Lewis & Clark Law School
Divorce and/or child custody conflicts with your spouse or partner will be one of the more stressful experiences of your life. As your attorney at Kramer & Associates, I will listen carefully to your concerns, and offer you practical and compassionate advise. I will work diligently to settle your case without subjecting you to needless litigation. However, if litigation becomes necessary, I will be your formidable courtroom advocate and ensure that you will not be bullied or taken advantage of by the other side.

My philosophy is always to be honest and direct with my clients...
Jack Dekovich
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Clackamas County, OR Family Law Attorney with 7 years experience
1050 SW 6th Avenue
Suite 1115
Portland, OR 97204
Family and Divorce
Willamette University College of Law
Kendall Gourley-Paterson
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Clackamas County, OR Family Law Attorney with 1 year experience
(503) 567-7967 1140 SW 11th Ave
Suite 400
Portland, OR 97205
Family
Santa Clara University School of Law
Kendall was a Judicial Clerk for the Honorable Kathryn Villa-Smith of the Multnomah County Circuit Court and previously clerked for Hon. Nan Waller in the Multnomah County Presiding Court as well as Hon. Merilyn Litzenberger. As a Judicial Clerk, she gained knowledge and experience with opportunities to research a wide variety of legal issues in civil, criminal, and probate law. She also worked closely with the family law departments in all facets of litigation.

During law school, Kendall was the Senior Research Editor for the Santa Clara Law Review, participated extensively in moot court competitions, and was research assistant to...
Samuel James Kuzma
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Clackamas County, OR Family Law Lawyer with 13 years experience
(503) 227-1515 115 NW 1st Avenue
Suite 400
Portland, OR 97209
Family, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Wake Forest University School of Law
Gregory Oliveros
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Clackamas County, OR Family Law Attorney with 30 years experience
(503) 335-3800 9200 SE Sunnybrook Blvd
Clackamas, OR 97015
Family, Criminal and Personal Injury
Lewis & Clark Law School
Original founder of the Oliveros Law Group, Gregory Paul Oliveros is a native Oregonian and passionate supporter of this great state. Mr. Oliveros has a deep commitment to his community. From his involvement with his children’s extracurricular activities during their youth, to being an active community leader in various capacities over the years. Mr. Oliveros continues to look for ways that his law firm can support his local community. However, it’s in his work as an attorney in which Mr. Oliveros is most passionate. When asked what differentiates himself from other attorneys, Mr. Oliveros states,

“Energy and Vision! Outside of the...
Daniel Peters
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Clackamas County, OR Family Law Lawyer with 35 years experience
(503) 243-1718 208 SW First Avenue
Ste. 340
Portland, OR 97204
Free ConsultationFamily and Divorce
The University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law
Benjamin Taylor Ybarra
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Clackamas County, OR Family Law Attorney with 7 years experience
(503) 303-8369 714B Main Street
Suite 202
Oregon City, OR 97045
Family, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Estate Planning
Gonzaga University School of Law
Benjamin Ybarra, Attorney at Law is a general practice that serves the Portland metropolitan area. I work with individuals and businesses in a variety of transactional areas and legal disputes.
Wendy S Fay
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Clackamas County, OR Family Law Attorney with 14 years experience
(503) 295-6191 680 Umpqua Bank Plaza
One SW Columbia Street
Portland, OR 97258
Family, Estate Planning and Probate
Willamette University College of Law
Wendy’s practice includes dissolution of marriage proceedings, legal separations, modifications of child custody, child support and spousal support, and contempt and enforcement proceedings. Wendy’s practice also includes probate administration, estate planning, and protective proceedings.
Sandra Kuenzi
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Clackamas County, OR Family Law Lawyer
(503) 545-4690 10365 S.E. Sunnyside Road
Suite 200
Clackamas, OR 97015
Family, Divorce, Estate Planning and Probate
Lewis & Clark Law School
Rodney Grafe
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Clackamas County, OR Family Law Attorney with 39 years experience
(503) 768-3100 5331 SW MacAdam Ave
Portland, OR 97239
Family, Bankruptcy, Estate Planning and Probate
University of Oregon School of Law
Third generation Oregonian; Lewis & Clark College BA and U of O JD; Practicing since 1981: Debt issues, Estates and Probate; Municipal Judge for over 15 years
Ashley Bannon
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Clackamas County, OR Family Law Attorney with 9 years experience
(503) 620-9887 15924 Quarry Road
Lake Oswego, OR 97035
Family, Employment and Personal Injury
Gonzaga University School of Law
Ashley Bannon primarily practices in the areas of family law, criminal defense and employment litigation. Ashley received her Political Science degree from the University of Oregon in 2007. In 2010, Ashley graduated from Gonzaga University School of Law. Ashley first joined Gilroy and Napoli in 2004 as an office assistant. While a law student, Ashley worked for Gilroy and Napoli as a law clerk. In 2011, she joined Gilroy and Napoli full-time as an associate attorney.
Mark Kramer
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Clackamas County, OR Family Law Lawyer with 38 years experience
(503) 243-2733 520 SW Sixth Ave
Suite 1010
Portland, OR 97204
Family, Divorce, Estate Planning and Personal Injury
Northeastern University School of Law
Mark Kramer, Attorney, specializes in family law and civil litigation including personal injury, civil rights, and employment cases. He has more than 35 years of trial experience and extensive experience in family law issues ranging from adoption and contested custody to grandparent and psychological parent rights. Mark has served as a pro-tem judge for the Multnomah County Circuit Court. As co-counsel for the Oregon State Judiciary Committee and in private practice, Mark drafted family law legislation that is now Oregon law. Mark is the author of several articles about family law and is a frequent speaker on the subjects of...
Jill Brittle
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Clackamas County, OR Family Law Lawyer
(503) 445-1575 1318 SW 12th Ave
Portland, OR 97201
Family, Divorce and Estate Planning
Lewis & Clark Law School
Jordan Jeter
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Clackamas County, OR Family Law Attorney with 3 years experience
(503) 567-7967 1140 SW 11th Ave
Suite 400
Portland, OR 97205
Family
University of Washington School of Law
Jordan was a judicial clerk for the Honorable Roger J. DeHoog of the Oregon Court of Appeals and previously clerked for the Honorable Barbara A. Madsen of the Washington Supreme Court. As a judicial clerk at the appellate level, she had the opportunity to work on a variety of cases, including those addressing criminal, family, and juvenile law.

During law school, Jordan worked as an appellate intern at the Pierce County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office appearing in court on behalf of the State of Washington. She also worked at a Seattle-based domestic violence agency.
Sarah Hopson Bond
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Clackamas County, OR Family Law Lawyer with 15 years experience
(503) 295-6191 1 SW Columbia Street, Ste 680
Portland, OR 97258
Family
University of California - Berkeley
Sarah Bond received her law degree from Boalt Hall, University of California, Berkeley (2001 through 2004). Upon admission to Boalt Hall, Sarah was awarded the Berkeley Law Foundation, Phoenix Fellowship. After her first year of law school, Sarah served as a summer associate at the East Bay Community Law Center. After her second year of law school, Sarah served as a summer associate with Morrison and Foerster, San Francisco (offer for employment upon graduation was extended). During her third year of law school, Sarah Bond served as co-editor in chief of the African American Law and...
Adam Brittle
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Clackamas County, OR Family Law Attorney with 13 years experience
(503) 445-1598 1318 SW 12th Ave
Portland, OR 97201
Family, Business, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Lewis & Clark College
Tabitha Brincat
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Clackamas County, OR Family Law Attorney with 10 years experience
(503) 444-3884 650 NE Holladay Street
Suite 1600
Portland, OR 97232
Family and Divorce
California Western School of Law
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Family law generally concerns domestic relations and family-related matters such as marriage, civil unions, domestic partnerships, adoptions, paternity, guardianships, domestic abuse, surrogacy, child custody, child abduction, the dissolution of marriage and associated issues. Each state has its own set of family laws, and traveling across state borders can sometimes affect your rights and those of your family.

Contrary to popular belief, seeking the advice of a family law attorney does not necessarily mean that something is amiss in your family. A family law attorney can help negotiate prenuptial/premarital agreements for clients in anticipation of marriage or advise same-sex couples on relevant legal issues affecting their relationship. They also can help with adoption proceedings and other procedures involving children.

Family law attorneys often do represent clients seeking a divorce, annulment or legal separation, and the complicated issues that can arise as a result. Although domestic abuse is a criminal offense, some family law attorneys are skilled at handling these situations, as they are often entangled with other family law issues.

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